May 5, 2014

Anchors Away: CUPS and a Question

I'm joining Deb of Crafting Connections for her brand new linky.

I love anchor charts. They are a great resource to record active learning, and they can spark a student's memory so quickly. A favorite anchor chart in my classroom is just below. I've used the CUPS acronym for years to help my students hone their proofreading skills. C-capitalization; U-usage; P-punctuation; and S-spelling.

This year I wrote the acronym on large chart paper and trimmed around it in the shape of a cup, my attempt at making my anchor chart cute. I guess it worked. We had a visit from our diocesan bishop last week. He came to each classroom to see what we were working on and get a sense of what a typical day at our school is like. What was the first thing he noticed when he arrived at my room? This anchor chart! His words: HOW CUTE AND CLEVER! I felt I had arrived... LOL!

Although I really like to use anchor charts, I struggle with them as well. I do NOT have the wall space to display very many of them. Does anyone else have this problem? How do you overcome it?

Be sure to stop by Deb's blog to read more blog posts about anchor charts.

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  1. Thank you so much for linking up, Angela! How did you get it that bright color? Is it neon yellow poster board? I love it!

  2. What a great new linky ~ I love anchor charts too! I will be sure to join next week. :)

  3. I definitely like your CUPS chart. At our school we use CUPS as a comprehension strategy.
    I made an anchor chart for CUPS Math that I use with my 2ndies for story problems:
    C-ircle important numbers.
    U-nderline big fat clue words. (Words that help identify the operation to use.)
    P-araphrase what the problem wants to know.
    S-tar any part not understood.
    Hoping to put a pic of it on my blog soon.


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